Friday Fish Curry

Friday Fish Curry Loula Natural

Friday Fish Curry

My dad loves his fish on Friday. We love fish once a week and so friday is as good a day as any! I try to mix up what we have and I absolutely love all kinds of asian food so this hybrid joins all the flavours I love the most.

I serve ours with parsnip rice and green veg like stir fried kale, bok choi or broccoli. You can adjust the heat or leave out the chillies all together if you are not keen on spice. Our kids like a little spice so I try to minimise it so they can eat with us.

Friday Fish Curry
This Thai/Indian hybrid satisfies my taste buds. The thai lemongrass and ginger with the more indian mustard seeds and turmeric makes this curry light, fresh and with a comforting heat.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 tsp ground coriander seed
  2. 1/2 tsp ground cumin seed
  3. 1/2 tsp mustard seed
  4. 1tsp dried turmeric or thumb nail size fresh turmeric root
  5. thumbnail size fresh ginger
  6. thumbnail size fresh galangal
  7. thumbnail size fresh lemongrass
  8. 3 cloves garlic
  9. 3 curry leaves
  10. salt/pepper
  11. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  12. Juice of one lime
  13. 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  14. can coconut milk
  15. 2 small shallots
  16. 1 small red chillies
  17. 800g fish (I use Ling Fillet but any firm fish or salmon would be nice)
  18. 3 parsnips for the rice
Instructions
  1. In a food processor add the shallots, red chillies, salt, pepper, 3 curry leaves, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, turmeric, mustard seed, coriander seed and cumin seed. blend until almost paste like- add the coconut oil.
  2. Cube the fish
  3. Add the fish and paste to a bowl and mix well. Cover and leave to marinate for an hour (overnight is best)
  4. Add coconut oil to a hot pan and add marinaded fish and fry until spices are fragrant.
  5. Add coconut milk sugar to taste. Allow to simmer.
  6. Add some vegetables (this time I added aubergine and baby corn but anything would work well)
  7. Allow to simmer until vegetables are cooked
  8. Serve with rice and green vegetables. I use parsnip rice.
Notes
  1. I have also used beef and chicken with the exact same method.
  2. This recipe works beautifully in the slow cooker too. Just add it to the slow cooker with the vegetables and cook on low for 4 hours.
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I also use exactly the same recipe with chicken and beef too. With the beef I use brisket as it is lovely slow cooked (see my beef bourguignon recipe). Add the marinaded beef to the slow cooker and when there is 2 hours left on the cooking time- add the coconut milk and extra vegetables.

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Back to School- Lunch Box Round Up

lunch box round up

My daughter is only at Kindergarten but she is in the afternoon class so she has lunch at 11.30 then snack time is 2pm so I tend to pack her a second mini lunch so she is not a little angry ravenous Monkey when we come home at 3.30! Everything has to be nut free, which for me is tough as I love to use nuts to make our foods nutrient dense. I substitute nuts for seeds (sesame, pumpkin and sunflower mostly as we use hemp in our chia and smoothies!). They also have to be gluten and dairy free for us too so no sandwiches unless I make the bread myself!

Here are some ideas I am going to work into her lunchbox (this is the lunch box I lust after!) and work well for snack times too for my son!

Thank Your Body

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These are great alternatives to pack in your kids lunchbox. Especially if they are making the transitions from processed to real food. Something that they can recognise , however by using real ingredients they will actually be nourished and receive some nutrients.

Reclaiming Provincial

vegan ravioli

I am going to try these with buckwheat flour!

http://www.reclaimingprovincial.com/2011/12/03/vegan-sweet-potato-coconut-milk-roasted-chili-ravioli/

Veggie Belly

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My kids will be all over these!

http://www.veggiebelly.com/2010/08/vietnamese-summer-rolls-mango-sweet-chili-dipping-sauce.html

Your Vegan Mom

sweet potato tater tots

These will be really nice with hummus, quinoa flatbreads and carrot chips (peeled/spiralised carrots, olive oil salt baked till crispy!)

http://www.yourveganmom.com/your_vegan_mom/2012/02/sweet-potato-tater-tots.html

 We Got Real

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http://wegotreal.com/lemon-berry-oat-muffins-gluten-freedairy-free/

Savory Lotus

COCOMANGOgummies

http://www.savorylotus.com/2013/06/21/coconut-mango-gummy-snacks/

Homemademommy

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http://www.homemademommy.net/2013/04/homemade-healthy-kombucha-fruit-snacks.html

Health Home Happy

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There is a recipe for coconut flour wraps on here I really want to try- need to buy some more eggs!

http://www.healthhomehappy.com/2013/06/avocado-salmon-wraps-a-simple-lunch-idea.html

Rubies and Radishes

nori wraps

 

Sushi is a big hit in our house- making these together in the morning before school will be fun!

http://www.rubiesandradishes.com/2013/05/30/healthy-go-to-lunch-idea-nori-wraps/

Heath Nut Nation

eggs

http://healthnutnation.com/2012/08/29/5-components-of-a-healthy-school-lunch/

http://healthnutnation.com/2011/10/10/heavenly-ham-and-egg-muffin-cups/

Primally Inspired

energyballs

These are a great no nut version

http://www.primallyinspired.com/energy-balls-with-coconut-sunflower-seeds-dark-chocolate-and-dried-cranberries-vegan-paleo/

Loula Natural

beetroot brownies

My absolute favourite- for school I make them with buckwheat flour rather than almonds. Also quick Sandwiches are Romaine lettuce leaves with salad and either Kefir cheese, salami, hummus or falafel wrapped up;

Lettuce Wraps

Holistic Squid

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Lots of great tips here

http://holisticsquid.com/23-ways-to-pack-a-nutrient-dense-school-lunch/#comment-364

Grassfed Girl

Cherry-pancakes

I am really keen to use these as wraps or will make nice banana tahini sandwiches!

http://www.grassfedgirl.com/tag/breakfast/

 

Other Links;

How about this Paleo, gluten free recipe for Orange Chicken- perfect with a salad from Eat Your Beets

http://cleaneatsinthezoo.com/index/paleo-snack-and-lunch-ideas/

http://www.henryhappened.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-perfectly-packed-lunches-45-delicious-recipes.html

http://www.acasarella.net/2013/08/back-to-school-lunch-box-idea-revisited.html

Party Pieces

Today we had a party to ‘Wet the Head’ of my son. Just a few friends round for lunch. Party food can be really healthy and delicious. Here’s my spin to get the most nutrients out of a few favourites!

Homemade Sausage Rolls:

I would love to say I made my own pastry. I have tried many times (my gluten free one was a disaster) they have never quite hit it. If you have a recipe I would love you to share it with me….

16 good quality Cumberland Sausages (or Chipolatas)

6 Sheets of Puff pastry cut in half

1 egg beaten

sesame seeds for the top

Cut the sausages out of the casing. Try and keep them as sausages.

Places the sausage meat down the left hand side of the pastry. Roll until sausage it completely covered. Egg wash the overlap and continue rolling with overlap side down. Egg wash the top and sprinkle the top with the sesame seeds. Cut to desired size and cook at 180-200C for 20 mins until golden brown.

Rustic Slaw:

Half a red cabbage

2 Large carrots peeled (unless organic- then just washed) and grated

1 apple peeled, cored and grated

1 Red onion thinly sliced

2 handfuls of pumpkin seeds

a really good dollup of organic mayo

a good dollup of Dijon mustard

Half a lemon

Salt and pepper

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix till mayo covers everything.

Broccoli salad:

I found this on Pinterest and changed a couple of things

2 Heads of Broccoli

Handful of pecarino cheese grated

10 slices of cooked crispy pancetta

Half a red onion finely diced

1 really good dollup of organic mayo

A couple of good dashes of white wine vinegar

About a tsp worth of maple syrup/ coconut nectar

Squeeze half a lemon

Salt and pepper

Cook the broccoli till soft with a bite (save your broccoli water to make stock if you have boiled it- otherwise steam it). Let it cool. Meanwhile, cook pancetta and cut up, grate cheese and dice onion. Add everything to a bowl and mix till dressing covers everything.

We also had marinaded Rack of lamb, Roasted Ratatouille, hummus and crudite. But those we can leave for another day to share…

For the sweet teeth!

Kane Festive Rocky Road:

This is normally only kept for Christmas and is a Kane family tradition to make on Christmas Eve- but it was a party and its much better for you than a cake or other puddings. Beware though it is incredibly moreish!!!

5 bars of organic dark chocolate (i used 4 70% and one 85% Madagascan Dark Chocolate)

Then the world is your oyster- we never repeat the same ingredients as its what we have in the cupboards or what we like the look of when collecting ingredients!!! This one included- nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, raisins, goiji berries, dried blueberries, rasins, thin almond cookies, homemade rose cookies, mini marshmallows, maltesers, pecans, ground almonds, dried banana and amonds. I have in the past put cut up jaffa cakes, any nut or seed, apricot kernals, bashed shortbread, different flavoured chocolate, digestive biscuits, any dried fruit, coconut. The great thing about it is it always tastes different!

Gently melt the chocolate in a Bain Marie. Cut, bash, break up the ingrdients into a bowl. Put 2 baking sheets with greaseproof paper ready. When the chocolate has melted add to the bowl of ‘rocks’. Add the ground almond, sesame seeds, coconut at the end to absorb any still wet chocolate. Make sure everyone has a stir. At Christmas we each have a wish while we stir!!!

Pour into baking sheets and put in fidge or freezer till chocolate hardens again. Cut into squares…beware while you are cutting the desire to taste the little bits is too much to resist!!!!

Enjoy…Just try and pace yourself on the Rocky Road- or at least do a workout the next day!!!!

 

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